Planning for the future of your birds
By Dave Allen
Have you thought about what might happen to your birds if you were not able to look after
them on a regular basis?
Consider the potential outcomes if the following came to pass:
• Your health is compromised for a length of time (eg, stroke, broken leg);
• Your housing arrangements have changed (eg, fire, separation from partner);
• Your employment situation has changed (eg, work location, redundancy);
• A natural disaster occurs in your area (eg, flood, earthquake);
• You need to move temporarily to look after a sick relative or friend.
Would you be prepared for such eventualities? What preparations could you make now to
negate these impacts, and keep your birds in good caring hands.
In recent years, a number of these situations have actually occurred.
One of the advantages of being a member of the Association is that members support each other in difficult times.
Members should work with other members in their locations or regions to form a ‘buddy’
system where they can support each other. It may be advantageous to inform another
member, or generally write down, the routines you undertake in looking after your finches.
Perhaps there are particular dietary requirements that need maintaining at particular times of
the year. Which birds are related, and are there any breeding protocols that you follow?
Who knows when your birds were last wormed? Making some notes, and keeping a bird
book, is quite helpful. Perhaps a member’s name and phone number could be written in your
bird book, if you are unable to look after your birds, and your relatives or friends are not able
to help as much as possible.
Having the support of an Association member can help where you are no longer able to look
after your birds. Situations can be avoided where threatened finch species are either
unnecessarily disturbed during nesting periods, or moult, or perhaps quickly on-sold without
consideration for their threatened status in New Zealand. Each of these changes can affect
the on-going survival of the affected birds, and the species in general.
If you do need to quickly address housing arrangements for finch species, please consider
contacting us - we may also be able to offer suggestions for assistance in your
If you wish to see the best for your finch species, consistent with the objectives of the
Association, then take steps to plan for some of these eventualities.